The idea of taking the premise and characters from a popular television show and turning it all into a movie with different actors in familiar roles has been a Hollywood staple. That doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea. There are many examples of why it is not a good idea. Here are 25 of the worst examples listed in chronological order.
The 46 best shows on Netflix in September 2023
All the best shows on Netflix in September promise something new and exciting you’ve never seen before. Even in a relatively quiet week like this one, Netflix has added a new German thriller, Dear Child, while the streamer’s latest documentary series, Predators, is heating up the TV charts. Meanwhile, the recently premiered anime adaptation One Piece is still near the top of the 10 most popular shows on Netflix. That’s a good sign for a renewal whenever the writers’ and actors’ strikes come to an end.
If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you probably expect something new to watch each and every week. So far this year, Netflix hasn’t let us down. But that means there are a lot of series to sort through in order to find the most bingeworthy programs. Fortunately, we’ve already done the work for you in our updated list of the best shows on Netflix.
We’ve also rounded up all the best movies on Netflix, the best shows on Hulu, the best shows on Amazon Prime, and the best shows on Disney+ because we take our streaming seriously. Watching while traveling abroad? Use a Netflix VPN to access your country’s catalog from anywhere in the world.New this week Dear Child
At first glance, Dear Child appears to be a lot like the movie Room, as Lena (Kim Riedle) escapes from captivity alongside her daughter, Hannah (Naila Schuberth). Lena disappeared over a decade ago, but her parents, Matthias (Justus von Dohnányi) and Karin Beck (Julika Jenkins), are adamant that she isn’t their daughter. And yet Hannah is almost the spitting image of their missing daughter.
It falls to police investigator Aida Kurt (Haley Louise Jones) to sort out this mystery. What Aida finds is that there was much more to Lena’s abduction than she could have guessed, and she may be able to keep history from repeating itself.
Genre: Thriller, DramaStars: Kim Riedle, Naila Schuberth, Sammy Schrein, Hans Löw, Haley Louise JonesSeasons: 1PredatorsNetflix
There are several world-class nature documentaries on Netflix, and the latest addition to that genre, Predators, is all about some of the deadliest hunters in nature. Actor Tom Hardy narrates the series, and naturally, three of the episodes focus on the big cats: cheetahs, lions, and pumas. The remaining two episodes focus on polar bears and wild dogs.
This miniseries offers a rare opportunity to watch these wild creatures facing real challenges to their survival beyond hunting down their next meal. Unfortunately for these magnificent creatures, climate change and natural disasters may prove to be even deadlier than they are.
The Best Teen TV Shows, from ‘That ’70s Show’ and ‘Riverdale’ to ‘Never Have I Ever’ and ‘Daria’
The perils and plights of adolescence have long been a source of fascination for television audiences. That’s particularly apparent nowadays with Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Showtime, FX, and others vying for zeitgeist dominance with teen-focused dramas playing to a variety of creative strengths. As narratives have gotten more sophisticated overall across the TV landscape, it makes sense that the ways in which we look at stories about young people have also evolved. From “Never Have I Ever” to “Yellowjackets,” TV teens in 2023 are among some of the most rich ever written.
Because life as a teenager is equal parts happy and sad, hilarious and tragic, horny and horrifying, the following curation does not limit selections by genre, meaning: These picks range from animation to sitcoms to murder mysteries to science fiction. That said, there are also a fair number of picks that are entirely focused on the dramatic ups and downs of this turbulent time in peoples’ lives. Sometimes that’s all the drama we need. In honor of the series finale of “Riverdale,” these are the best teen TV shows.
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[Editor’s note: This list was published in May 2018 and has been updated multiple times since.] Liz Shannon Miller, Steve Greene, Hanh Nguyen, and Michael Schneider contributed to this list.40. “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (2008-2013)
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” – Credit: ABC Family/Everett Collection